May 12, 2013
McCall reflects on semi-final defeat
Director of Rugby Mark McCall was left ‘massively disappointed’ after his side were beaten 27-13 by Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership semi-final at Allianz Park on Sunday.
Sarries were trailing 17-0 at the interval and despite a second half comeback, it was the Saints who booked a place in the final of the competition.
“It’s massively disappointing,” he said.
“We just gave ourselves a mountain to climb; we made a lot of errors in the first half and made a number of poor choices. Northampton put us under a lot of pressure and in the first half we made a lot of mistakes as a result of that pressure.
“Our discipline wasn’t good enough. It gave them the position to score their first try with the rolling maul; and we then gave away very soft try for their second. They were very strong and they took their chances very well and we gave ourselves too much to do in the second half.”
He added: “We showed in patches in the second half what we are capable of, by putting them under a little bit of pressure, but again we blew a couple of chances but at least we gave it a good go. We showed a bit of resolve in the second half and fought hard, but it was far too late.”